The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation currently lends its voice to the ongoing dialogue and debate in six grantmaking programs:

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The foundation also continues to earmark a percentage of funds for projects outside of its grantmaking programs, including Cook’s Branch Conservancy, the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, and other issues that reflect the values and vision of the late Cynthia and George Mitchell.

To date, Cynthia and George, and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, have distributed or pledged more than $400 million in grants to causes, programs, and institutions. Examples of notable legacy initiatives are archived in the website's Legacy of Philanthropy section.

Cynthia and George Mitchell were very generous people who were deeply committed to supporting the people and organizations important to them. The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation is committed to carrying out the philanthropic legacy of both Cynthia and George—supporting the issues and organizations that reflect their values and vision. 

The foundation is undergoing a transition and is in the midst of a vigorous planning process that will span the next few years. During this transition, our Water, Clean Energy, Shale Sustainability, Sustainability Education, and Cook’s Branch Conservancy programs will continue to operate as they have for the past several years. The foundation is currently designing a Land Conservation program and a Galveston program, both of which will launch in the next few years. Beyond these programs, we do not anticipate creating new program areas in the foreseeable future.

Updated information about grantmaking priorities and how to apply for a grant are available on this website. Also, Frequently Asked Questions regarding the foundation’s transition are available at Foundation FAQs.



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